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Thousands turn out for biggest ever beach clean

Thousands of volunteers are taking part in the annual Autumn Beach Clean this weekend.

This year the charity Surfers Against Sewage are holding 80 beach cleans across the South West and have teamed up with World Animal Protection to tackle the amount of discarded fishing gear that ends up on the regions beaches. Around 200 people volunteered at Perranporth today - one of the beaches worst effected by abandoned fishing gear.

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West Country beaches lost tonnes of sand over winter

Hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted at Perranporth Credit: ITV News

Beaches in the West Country lost thousands of tonnes of sand after last winter's storms and could take years to recover, according to a new report.

Those in Cornwall fared the worst in the country, with the tiny village of Beesands particularly affected.

Over the winter, hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted to protect the Watering Hole pub which is on the beach at Perranporth.

Investigation into mysterious death of Alan Jeal to wind down

Alan Jeal's body was found on Perranporth Beach

Police investigating the death of a man whose naked body was found on Perranporth beach say they're now winding down their inquiries.

The body of 64-year-old Alan Jeal from Wadebridge was found with a sock and headphones stuffed into his mouth. He also had multiple injuries which police couldn't explain. He was last seen around Wadebridge, Truro, Newquay and Perranporth. Police say they're not ruling out a crime, but neither have they found anything to explain what happened to him.

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National appeal over mystery death in Cornwall

Detectives are hoping a reconstruction of the last known movements of a man found dead on a Cornish beach will help them find out what happened to him.

Alan Jeal's naked body was found washed up on the beach at Perranporth in February. It is hoped tonight's national appeal will provide some answers about what happened.

Ponsmere Hotel threatened by developers

Campaigners fear plans to turn a historic hotel in Perranporth into private homes will hit the local economy and push property prices even higher.

It reflects what's happening in coastal towns across Devon and Cornwall, with many new apartments being snapped-up as second homes.

The developers, though, say there's no demand for keeping it as a hotel. Steve Hardy reports:

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